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Lento

4.5
1188 reviews
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$30 and under
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Organic
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Lento is committed to providing unique and delicious dishes using food procured as much as possible from local, sustainable and organic purveyors. The word �Lento� is Italian for slow, and we have embraced the slow food movement. This means making everything from scratch, from food that was raised by sustainable and ecologically friendly practices. It means no artificial growth hormones, unnecessary antibiotics, or rendered animal by-products, and a sparing use of pesticides. There are no microwaves or steam tables in our kitchen and everything is cooked fresh to order. Our website lists most of our local providers. We are happy to promote local farmers on the menu so you know exactly where your food is coming from. We hope you enjoy your dining experience and are happy your dollars are staying in the local economy from farm to plate. Very short walk to the Rochester Auditorium. Close proximity to the Universirty of Rochester, RIT, St. John Fisher and Nazareth.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Organic, Italian, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Bar:
Tuesday – Friday @ 5-Close
Happy Hour from 5 – 6
Bar is always open until close

Dinner:
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 5 – 9
Wednesday: 5 – 9
Thursday: 5 – 9
Friday & Saturday: 5 – 930
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Phone number
(585) 271-3470
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Arthur Rogers
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Private party facilities
Lento restaurant is happy to host private events. We are able to create customized menus and tasting menus. Please call 585-271-3470 to learn more.
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Private party contact
Mitchell K. McLaughlin: (585) 271-3470
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Ave.
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Parking details
Parking is located across the street at Rochester Works parking. A sign will be in place indicating the location.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour
Monday - Friday from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Featuring weekly specials on wine, beer, cocktails and select appetizers

Mid-week Specials:



Tuesday:
On Tuesday evenings our Seafood Bar features Dollar Oyster Night, all raw oysters on the half-shell are a dollar off. Reservations are suggested and appreciated!




Wednesday:
Join us for No Corkage Fee Wednesday, bring your favorite bottle of wine in and we will waive the corkage fee.




Thursday:
Our specialty cocktails are the ever-changing product of our bartenders’ imaginations and feature local, seasonal ingredients, homemade mixers and the finest spirits. Join us every Thursday for Specialty Cocktail Night when all of our Craft cocktails are just $5!

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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1188 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Was ok food good really small portions it was just ok

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Delicious food, great service!!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our service was excellent. We shared several small dishes and everything was delicious. We will be back again.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Was very unimpressed with the food. I ordered the chicken and waffles. The menu said Cajun and it wasn't. The chicken had very little flavor to it and I was nervous about eating some of the meat, as it appeared pink. I also didn't get any pickles. The meal was not worth $15. My friend ordered the croque monsieur and didn't have much flavor/kick. She added some of the sriracha sauce and it was too hot. Another friend ordered the Benedict and was not thrilled with her meal either. The only one that enjoyed her meal was the one that ordered just a waffle. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Glad they serve brunch now! Food always excellent here. Some traditional breakfast items all with a unique twist. My friend opted for the fish platter which was a starter but she had it as her entree , although it would be a great plate to share too. I had the hash and eggs, all was great.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very good restaurant. We have been to Lento several times and the food was always fantastic. Our last trip for brunch was very good, but the menu this time wasn't quite as good as before - a few items we love were missing this trip. However, overall this is a fantastic restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Everything about our dining experience was excellent, from the bread served at the beginning to coffee and dessert at the end. Our server, Shannon, was wonderful - friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. The other people who kept our water glasses filled, brought food to the table, etc. were also great - attentive but not intrusive. Th only item I gave 3 stars to , instead of 5, was the value - I thought some of the items we ordered were quite expensive for the quantity served - although, again, the quality was excellent

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We've eaten at Lento several times, and this was a first miss with me as far as food goes. While my husband loved his duck confit, my sole was very disappointing. The sole, crab stuffing, and risotto kind of all melded together and I couldn't really discern where the fish was. It pretty much tasted like a stuffing casserole. I ate less than half of it, but the server did not seem to notice as she made no comment as she took my plate away. The chilled lobster was delicious and the staff was friendly and accommodating, other than the aforementioned issue. We would definitely dine here again, as it has always been one of our favorite places, and every restaurant is entitled to a miss now and then.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We arrived and were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation. We went for the dollar oyster night. We were told they had two kinds of oysters left by the hostess. By the time our waitress came over to us 20 minutes later they had just run out of oysters. We order drinks and then it took another 10 minutes before the waitress came back. They brought us bread after we had our meal and then they finally had oysters again by the end but those too we're at the end of the meal. The food portions were very small for the 80.00 we spent.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We waiting over an hour and a half for our food. Erika waiting to drink her mimosa until the food arrived, so it was warm. Due to the long wait, the waitress spoke to the manager, who comped our food. When I finally arrived, the chicken and waffles were hot and the three eggs Benedict were cold. The lamb bacon was tasty. The beignet were good. My family was not happy about waiting until 2 to get the food and then it being cold. The manager was apologetic and the comped food was appreciated, but we won't be back.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I think Lento's cuisine is really special - an emphasis on local ingredients, always creative, always delicious. And yet the atmosphere isn't pretentious at all - the servers are immensely friendly and knowledgeable. They gave us multiple samples of wine to direct our choice and were totally accommodating of my 3 year old daughter and her shenanigans!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Another fabulous pre-theatre dinner at Lento! Although we tried to resist dessert - they were all so tempting (and perfectly sized) that we ended up with 3 desserts for 2 people as we could not decide.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Very good food, nice atmosphere and an excellent wine list! The menu has a remarkable variety of options for vegetarian. I believe that the selection of high quality ingredients makes the difference and gives the restaurant the advantage to propose particular dishes. Cocktails are excellent too.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Service is always great and the food is exceptional. Our server went out of her way to ensure the bartender could make a cocktail that was no longer on the menu. I have been here several times and it’s one of the few upperscale restaurants in Rochester that never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Loved the vegan winter veggie curry dish. Everyone was happy with their meals.
Explaination of our entrees from our waitress was appt on.
Great drink specials (before 6pm).
Service was superb.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Went on a Thursday night with a group of 6 friends, some with special dietary restrictions. Server was knowledgeable and attentive, food was great. Oysters were exceptional, loved the farm to table and local options.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Loved the dollar oyster night.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

As always Lento did not disappoint - the whole experience from beginning with a cocktail at the bar to the best chocolate mousse for dessert was perfect!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My girlfriend and I both thought that the food and service were very, very good, with one glaring exception: we ordered a glass of wine each, and thought the serving size was very small. I didn't expect a vat of wine, but certainly a reasonable serving would have been appreciated. Otherwise it was a dependably good experience. We have only been there 3 or 4 times, but have enjoyed it every time.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great place!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

They need a new chef. The ambiance, the location is awesome. The food not so much.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Valentine’s Day plus anniversary, asked for quiet private table we got that. Service was knowledgeable prompt and friendly

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went for a date here. I had a Salmon entree that was delicious. The entire dish was super fresh and put together very well. It hit home for flavor-town. Girlfriend had a Duck entree and though she enjoyed the sides, the Duck was served cold. It was obvious that her dish was completed first and was sitting idle while my entree was completed. Which is a bit upsetting considering it was just the two of us and both entrees were just over $30 each. That's where it lost some of the "value" for me. The bread was delicious, the appetizers were great as well. Overall the staff was great, but our server was boring and seemed in a hurry to be elsewhere (it wasn't busy, our reservation was later in the night). Honestly I would go there again, but I've been to similar places where it hit home for me in all categories so I can't justify 5 stars. :)

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I really wanted to like Lento more than I did. The local farm-to-table concept is promising, the art on the walls was nice, and our server was lovely, but the execution wasn't quite there. We started with the fresh bread and dips- they gave us a tiny amount of the hummus (and probably 4-5 x as much butter), and the white bean garlic dip tasted really off- the complementary bread and olive oil other tables had looked much more appealing. My partner was disappointed by how salty the oysters were. I ordered the pork, which was super fatty and not all that flavorful- I made it through maybe 1/4 of the meat and packed up the rest to give to our dog. My partner's vegan curry was decent, but for the prices we were expected much better. The chocolate mousse was delicious though! All in all, a very expensive dinner for very mediocre food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a great Valentine’s Day dinner.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was really bad. Atmosphere and service were ok. Quite pricey. Would not recommend mainly due to poor food quality

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. The duck confit was excellent, and the spaetzle and side vegetables were amazing. The service was non-intrusive and very efficient.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Start to finish - everything here was Fantastic! Our server was attentive and made excellent drink suggestions. The Winter Vegetable Curry was absolutely delicious and a perfect portion size so that there was still room for dessert :)

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

I love Lento, I'm always pleased with my meal. The Swordfish is absolutely amazing, and the service is always top notch and so friendly.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was great and the food, as always, was delicious!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was amazing. Fresh food, amazing service, delightful and creative menu options that change with the seasons. And of course be sure to have the oysters to start with one of their handcrafted cocktails. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Rochester!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

As usual, Tuesday night Oysters were delicious. As usual, dinner and drinks were very good.
Lento is my "go to" restaurant.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Slow service

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a delightful experience here. Many nice vegetarian options. We decided to share a few appetizers and a couple of entrees. Everything was delicious and the service was amazing!! We would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, fresh and different. Loved the variety o wines, too.

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2.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Made the choice and reservation to go to Lento based upon the online menu. Disappointed to find that the menu was changed the day of our visit and the entrees we had picked out ahead of time were no longer available.
Glad to see the local wines offered and enjoyed the Damiani Merlot/Cab blend. Ordered oysters and salad. Salad arrived first followed by the oysters a minute later. We enjoyed the Beet Salad and the Caesar salad. We did not get any bread at our table, yet I saw other tables with a small bread basket. Waited at least 30 minutes for our entrees to arrive after finishing our salads. Our server checked on us once after 20 minutes and said food would be out shortly. She offered us a complimentary glass of wine for our inconvenience. The Mahi Mahi was very good. The Duck Pot Pie was just OK. Really nothing special and I would not order it again. I saw many people order it so it will be interesting to see what others think of it. Had my credit card out as we were ready to go. Server left the check and didn't return. Finally after 10 minutes a server at an adjacent table saw us still waiting and he offered to run our card.
Was not my first time dining here and have never had issues in the past. Maybe just an off night with the new menu?

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food is very fresh. Oysters are amazing. Great place.

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1.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was friendly and attentive and the farm to table food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

A gem of Rochester

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

I had not been to Lento's in a while and it's still a great place to dine. We went for $1 oyster night. They had a good selection of six different oysters (we had 44 between two of us)! We also had the calamari - best I've ever had. Nice wine, fun to sit at the bar and excellent service.

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